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Hello Giggles – Item of the Day!

“You Can Do It, Bunny” is a Hello Giggles “Item of the Day”!

I sometimes feel like a dork about this, but I love Hello Giggles – it’s cute and positive without being overly-OVERLY so. And somehow, they know things about me – like that I used to collect Lisa Frank *everything* when I was younger, or that I was an avid reader of the Babysitters Club books. Sometimes their articles make me burst out laughing. Other times, I chuckle quietly to myself.

I am a fan.

Thank you Hello Giggles!!! This is a huge honor 🙂

ITEM OF THE DAY: YOU CAN DO IT BUNNY!

by Kerry Winfrey

When I graduated from college four years ago (can I get a moment of silence for my youth?), the economy was just starting to implode. I moved back in with my parents, went on tons of interviews and occasionally wished I’d majored in something a little more practical than creative writing. The interview process was basically all of the bad parts of dating, like being anxious and getting dressed up, and none of the good parts, like free dinners and the possibility of making out (unless you’re on a really weird, inappropriate interview). In short, it was the worst.

Those of you who recently graduated are probably dealing with a lot of the same things. The economy is still no great shakes and I’m sure interviewers are still asking questions like, “So what’s your biggest weakness?” Job hunting is frustrating and sometimes it can feel hopeless. If you’re currently dealing with general unemployment malaise, you should check out You Can Do It, Bunny!: Tales of a Young Animal’s Job Hunting Adventures.

Read the full article here

Washington Monthly – “College Guide”

Rabbit Careers by Daniel Luzer

“Apparently Mercado eventually published the book, which you can see here. It’s really entertaining, though it’s likely exactly the sort of book that only appeals to adults (what kids want to read about job hunting?).”

Read more here

Article in “In the Capital” (also Streetwise Media)

How did I manage to miss this? Thank you so much Molly Greenberg for covering my story – I LOVE the piece and am really flattered!

“Remember growing up reading The Little Engine That Could, the children’s book that aimed to provide a sense of optimism with the reiterated line “I think I can”? We can all relate to that consistent need to reinforce faith in ourselves as we journey through life. One Georgetown graduate may have initially felt deceived by the tale of the little railroad engine, but she found her path literally through the words on the pages.”

Read more here

Article in Bostinno.com (Streetwise Media)

Check out my interview with Lauren Landry, education correspondent with BostInno!

When This MBA Couldn’t Find a Job, She Turned Her Frustration Into a Children’s Book [Images]

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Posted in Bunny!, Job Hunt, Kickstarter, slideshow, You Can Do It

Christina Mercado graduated with her MBA feeling optimistic. She had landed her dream summer internship in graduate school, working for a large conservation nonprofit. They had sent her to Mexico for the summer, giving her the chance to bask in the tropical Cancun sunshine all while exploring the Mayan Ruins on the weekends. Yet, when full-time jobs started to become sparse, that initial optimism began to wane.

Read more at BostInno.com

What a week! Huff Post & a NEW reward for backers

Click here to donate! All donors of ANY amount will get their names into special “thank you” pages at the end of the book

Hi friends & family:

It was surreal to see myself on the cover of Huffington Post.

Huff post college

Better yet, it felt great to see the support for my work pop up all over facebook.

And twitter

Some of you have been following me throughout the entire process – job-hunting, falling flat on my face after the amazing high of grad school, and then turning to art as a way to stay sane. Some of you have loved the idea of my book from the beginning and had confidence that this could become something that people cared about on a big scale.

And now: It’s really happening. And it’s incredible to see my dreams materialize, when the reality is that as an independent, ONE PERSON LARGE publishing house, my probability of success should have been far closer to zero. Books generally don’t gain traction – even with the backing of money and a publishing team. Few entrepreneurs succeed. Independent author/illustrator/publisher … horrible odds. Many people dismissed my work and ideas quickly.

But anyway, here I am today in Huffington Post.

Please tell people you know about my project. Your support means a lot to me, and there is no way this all could have happened without your encouragement.

I have a new backer reward as a token of my appreciation to all of you who have pledged toward my campaign: I am going to create new pages at the end of the book and list each and every one of you in those pages, with special categories for TUFTS, GEORGETOWN, LEXINGTON, and FRIENDS & FAMILY.

And I’ll make it super colorful and cute.

Thank you for your help and support.

many hugs,

Tina

Click here to donate! All donors of ANY amount will get their names into special “thank you” pages at the end of the book

In the Huffington Post!!!

I’m basically somewhere in between stunned and speechless. I will write something better later – but for now just want to share this AMAZING article that Huff Post College published about You Can Do It, Bunny!

Christina Mercado, Georgetown Grad, Turns Job Hunt Into Children’s Book

Christina Mercado Book Reading

Christina Mercado at her book reading for “You Can Do It, Bunny!” (Photo provided by Christina Mercado)

NEW YORK — Christina Mercado didn’t have any luck finding work after she graduated from Georgetown University with a master’s in business administration in 2011, so she decided to write and illustrate a children’s book.

Mercado wanted to use her degree to pivot from project management to social enterprise. She knew it’d be difficult, but things had been looking promising prior to graduation. Mercado landed what she said was her “dream internship,” working at an environmental conservation nonprofit in Mexico.

However, once she graduated, she realized how few full-time jobs were available, and how much competition there was from other applicants.

Read the full article HERE

Boston Globe – Metro West

Creative Job Search – Metro West “People” – May 27, 2012

by Cindy Cantrell

CREATIVE JOB SEARCH: After graduating from Lexington High School in 2002, Christina Mercado went through a series of career changes and job interviews before landing her current position in marketing and project management.

Hoping to inspire other recent grads struggling to find a job, she wrote and illustrated a picture book for grown-ups, “You Can Do It, Bunny! Tales of a Young Animal’s Job-Hunting Adventures.”

In the story, Bunny is passed over in favor of Mr. Dog for a job fetching foul balls during baseball games, Ms. Elephant for watering plants in the community garden, and Mr. Giraffe for harvesting apples at the orchard. Throughout the process, however, Bunny’s family and friends remain upbeat.

Mercado, who holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in business administration, said she lost track of the number of her job interviews over a six-month period of “purgatory.” However, she credits the “unconditional and unshakable” faith of her support network with her own happy ending.

Another silver lining was the time it gave her to learn about book creation, website design, and the self-publishing industry.

“My advice is don’t give up,” she said. “It’s easy to feel that the negative things that happen are a reflection of you as a person, but hold onto your confidence, stay hopeful, and pursue activities that excite and inspire you. You might not have a job right now, but you’re still awesome.”

Mercado’s book is available in paperback at Back Pages Books in Waltham, the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, and online at http://www.gobunnybooks.com. She is working to raise up to $6,500 through June 15 on Kickstarter.com for a hardcover printing, with pre-orders accepted for $20.

A “light” version is also available on iTunes.”